It’s been a long time since Apple delivered unto us a proper redesign of the iPad. Lately, iPad Air, the successor of iPad 4, has hit the shelf. The iPad Air delivers killer performance — up to two times faster CPU and comparable battery life in an attractive and impossibly thin-and-light package. An improved front-facing camera makes FaceTiming look better, and the Retina Display still looks great. With the A7 chip, advanced wireless, and great apps for productivity and creativity, iPad Air lets you have a good time wherever you go.
Apple fans have been waiting for the iPhone 5 successor for a long time. Finally the iPhone 5S was revealed on Tuesday in Cupertino. It’s the most forward-thinking smart phone that anyone’s ever made with iOS 7 software inside, which Apple previewed earlier this summer.
This new-brand handset features 64-bit A7 chip, all-new 8 Megapixel iSight camera with True Flash and Touch ID figure print sensor. All these advanced technology are packed in a space that’s a mere 7.6 millimeters thin and 112 grams light. Compared its predecessors, iPhone 5S owns more engineering changes without making itself bigger or heavier.
The all-new 64-bit A7 chip brings the desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance in the palm of your hand. Almost everything you do on iPhone 5S is faster and better than ever. Also, iPhone 5S is a good gaming device with access to thousands of games in the App Store. Don’t worry about the battery is not strong enough for playing these games, watching movies or listening to music for a long time. Every iPhone 5S includes the new M7 motion coprocessor, which is designed to make iPhone 5S even more efficient. Battery life is spared.
The 8 Megapixel iSinght camera with True Flash makes it even easier when taking great photos. The 8 megapixel device featuring a f/2.2 five element Apple designed lens. Video in this iPhone 5S is 1080p, while there’s 120fps 720p slow motion, too, plus a burst mode.
Additionally, iPhone 5S is equipped with Touch ID technology. It’s a simple way to securely unlock your iPhone with a just the touch of a finger. Touch ID scans subepidermal skin layers and Apple says it has “360-degree readability, which can be able to recognize your fingerprint regardless of orientation. No entering password to activate the iPhone every time, just expect how unlocking your iPhone is suddenly so effortless. With Touch ID, you can purchase things from iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store.
Three colors are available in the market: silver, gold and space gray. The iPhone 5S is crafed in high-grade aluminum with chamfered edges. The iPhone 5S costs the same on contract as the iPhone 5 did at launch: $199 for the 16GB version, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for 64GB model.
DTS, the abbreviated format of Digital Theater System, is a series of multichannel audio technology developed by DTS, Inc. It generally adopts the 5.1-channel surround system. In addition to the standard 5.1-chanel DTS Surround codec, DTS, Inc. had developed several other technologies to compete with other similar systems. The most used technology in DVD/Blu-ray is the DTS-HD Master Audio, which has steadily become the standard lossless audio format for Blu-ray disc format exclusively.
The main competitor of DTS in multichannel theatrical audio on DVDs and theater system is Dolby Digital, the widely known technology of which is Dolby TrueHD Audio. It is an advanced lossless multichannel audio codec intended primarily for HD home entertainment like Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. It also uses the 5.1-channel audio track.
Both DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TreuHD Audio contain 2 data streams: the original core stream and the additional “residual” stream. The core streams of them are DTS (1500kbps) and DOBLY DIGITAL (640kbps) respectively.
The Blu-ray disc with DTS-HD Master Audio or Dobly TrueHD Audio technology will provide you with the high audio quality when you watch the Blu-ray movies.
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Following Samsung, LG and other producer, Sony on Tuesday officially announce the release of 6.4-inch full display phablet – Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which is designed to compete with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and other big screen mobile devices.
The Xperia Z Ultra features 6.4-inch full HD 1080p display and quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Now it is the fastest ARM architecture smartphone processor. Besides, the handset is also equipped with Adreno330 GPU, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. And it runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The mobile device ships with solid metal frame and tempered glass back and front. According to Sony, the Xperia Z Ultra is very slim and light. It measures 6.5mm thick and weighs 180 grams. And the smartphone comes with the IPX5/8 and IP5X standards for dust and water-proofing.
There are also some other special features with Sony Xperia Z Ultra. It has Sony special IU and apps and provides the exclusive WALKMAN player, Clearaudio+ and xLOUD.
The Xperia Z Ultra will be available in black, purple and white colors from the third quarter. There is no info about the price till now.
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Samsung, the South Korean electronics company, plans to release a new version of Galaxy S4 powered by a new Qualcomm processor named LET-Advanced technology so as to transfer data at up to twice speed of the current standard 4G-LET Samsung Galaxy S4.
According to Samsung, a movie that takes three minutes to download on current Galaxy S4 would take only one minute on the new version of the phone.
The co-CEO of Samsung J.K. Shine said that the phone will be sold in South Korea as early as this month. And he also said that Samsung is in talks with some overseas carriers, but not declined to the name of them.
As we all know that Samsung has roll out Mini and Active variants of its flagship smartphone Galaxy S4. Not content with just three basic models, Samsung plans the LET-Advanced faster Galaxy S4 to appeal to the upper-tier buys who willing to pay cash for the fanciest and fastest new devices.
And it said that the faster Galaxy S4 will cost $199 or more.
There are also rumors said that Samsung will release some cheaper for developing countries since the sales of the high-end phones in developed countries has almost saturated.
According to Reuters, Apple is “exploring launching iPhones with bigger screens, as well as cheaper models in a range of colors.” Sources said the plan is still under discussion. However, it highlight the pressure from Samsung electronics in smartphone market.
Apple is considering introducing at least two bigger iPhones – a 4.7-inch and a 5.7-inch screen – said sources. They also said Apple may launch cheaper iPhones with 5-6 colors. And it has discussed a price of $99 for cheaper iPhone. Apple abandoning the traditional slide to unlock may be a hint for transiting to the bigger screen.
Although Apple has released iPhone 5 with 4-inch screen to veer away Apple iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen, which is regarded by Jobs as “the perfect size for customers”. It still can’t be classified as “big screen” since Samsung published 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy SIII, 5-inch Galaxy S IV and 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II. Also there are some other big screen smart phones like 4,7-inch HTC One, 4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 920, etc.
To launch the bigger screen iPhone is the unprecedented breakthrough and challenge Apple will face. Though many people expecting a bigger screen of iPhone, there still a large number of users satisfy with the current iPhone’s screen. It is difficult to cater for all tastes. What do you think of the 4.7-inch or 5.7-inch bigger and cheaper iPhone in the future? Leave a comment to share your thoughts!
As we have mentioned in last post, on June 10th, 2013, WWDC2013 Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference finally raised its curtain. At this conference, a series of products are announced like OS X 10.9 Mavericks, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, iOS 7 and more. Here we will have a brief look of the new desktop operating system OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
The new desktop operating system is named Mavericks instead of Sea Lion or Lynx as people have speculated. The Mavericks was inspired by the world famous surf spot in California, where OS X is developed. According to Tim Cook, all the subsequent Macintosh operating systems will be named with the spots in California that can bring the inspiration.
The new OS X will be available to public in the fall. The main features include Tab in Finder, multiple tags in one window and multiple displays. The Finder Tabs supports multiple windows operation and convergence of multiple windows into one window and full screen. Through adding tags to different documents including the files in iCloud, users can easily organize and search the files just by clicking the sidebar of the Finder or enter the name of the tag in the search box.
The menus of the new OS X 10.9 will be spread across the different displays for users to run multiple tasks at different windows. Also users can take a window full-screen on one display. Users even can take an HDtv as a big screen through the help of AirPlay. All these features of the Mavericks will make the life easier for users who have multiple monitors.
Moreover, a feature called “App Nap” was introduced to Safari to reduce the power resumption and space occupation. The iCloud keychain can help users record all the users and passwords and store them on iCloud. OS X 10.9 also adopts fire-new notifications and map. The iBook is for the first time added in Mac.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 was held as scheduled on June 10th, 2013. At this significant and much focused conference, Apple officially announced the long rumored iOS 7, which totally revamps the theme for its mobile operating system since the first generation of iPhone. The new iOS will be available to free download in this fall and will run on the devices including iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above, iPad Mini and iPod touch 5th generation.
The iOS 7 was completely redesigned by Jony Ive with fire-new user interface (UI). The most obvious point is the flat design style with subtle color, which is exactly the same as the speculations. The new style abandons the traditional garish analog design in favor of a much flat look and feel.
Apart from the changes of the icon, Apple also redesigns the interface and some functions. The new iOS adopts upward sliding unlock, push-up control panel, multitask process and more. In iOS 7, Siri adopts a brand new interface and new voices. Moreover, Apple for the first time adds filter in camera and photo, adopts AirDrop and provides the free iTunes Radios. All the new features of iOS 7 reveal the concise and fashion.
Do you like the Skeuomorphism traditional iOS or the flatter new iOS 7? Would you like to update your iSO to the latest one or remain unchanged?
In this WWDC, Apple published many products apart from iOS 7, such as Macbook Air, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac Pro and more. If you want to know more detailed info about these new products, please pay attention to our later post.
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